We are in Zion National Park in southern Utah. It's hot! Almost 100 degrees F, (37C), and we are taking some incredible hikes.
Today, we took the famous hike to Angel's Landing - so named because "only an angel could land on it." The route gains 1,500 feet of elevation in 2.5 miles and is characterized by steep drop offs - here is a poster warning of the danger. Six people have died here!
The view from below
It requires great physical stamina and is not recommended for those who have a fear of heights. In fact, neither Nathalie nor I made it all the way to the top - we stopped before the end of the trail when it gets very narrow and steep. The path is less than 1 meter wide in places.
There is a chain to hold on to, but it's still pretty scary --
especially since the path includes sheer cliffs on both sides. Here's what it looks like if you look down. See the small shuttle buses in the upper right corner of the picture?
I was very proud of Patrice who made it all the way to the top - shortly after his 67th birthday. "It's amazing what falling in love with a Colorado girl will do - I'd follow her anywhere." he said.
And here is a picture of a very happy Patrice with his souvenir pin that says: "I climbed Angel's Landing"